Have you ever heard the expression: "This is like a piece of mule meat! The more you chew on it the bigger it gets!"?
That's an old Texas saying meaning that the more one works on something, the bigger the job becomes.
Permit me to explain.
At about 2:00 p.m. the UPS Delivery Van pulls up, and the UPS Delivery Man hands me this little box. The box is opened, and there inside is this handsome, young 3/4" x 2-1/4" Fine Thread, Zinc Plated, Grade 5 Steel Bolt with a 1-1/8" Hex Head.
Eagerly it is taken out of it's plastic sack, taken to the Tool Box to get the Breaker Bar, and a 1-1/8" Socket with which to install it in the threaded Hole in the nose of Lorrie's mighty 225 Slant-Six Engine.
There is a 1-3/16" Socket, and a 1-5/16" Socket, but no 1-1/4" Socket!
I hate it when that happens.
But not to worry, there is this Big Mama Crescent Wrench (BMCW) that opens to 1-5/16" and though it is not the best way to do things, it will have to suffice.
So Lorrie is all ready with a large piece of Cardboard on the ground under her front end on which to lie to keep from getting muddy.
The Threaded Hole in the nose of Lorrie's Crankshaft has been cleaned with a solvent soaked rag wrapped around a 1/2" Bolt which was inserted and turned into the Threaded Hole in the nose of Lorrie's Crankshaft to clean the Threads.
The 3/4" Bolt is started into the Threaded Hole, and the first thing that is noted is that the Transmission Cooling Hoses connected to the Radiator are in the way of being able to put the BMCW on the Bolt. A Screw Driver is acquired, and the Hose Clamps are loosened, and the Hoses are removed and put up out of the way.
With gloved hands, the BMCW is put on the Head of the Bolt and the task of tightening it commences. It doesn't go in easily, but it IS going in. It gets tighter and tighter, and harder and harder to turn.
All of a sudden, Lorrie's mighty 225 Slant-Six Engine's Crankshaft turns!
The Engine is NOT seized up!
So the BMCW is repositioned and another few degrees of rotation are accomplished.
BUT, the Fan Blades are also beginning to turn because the Damper has a Fan Belt around it that goes to the Fan Pulley, then to the Alternator Pulley, and then back to the Damper.
And NOW begins the mule meat problems.
The Bolt isn't far enough into the Crankshaft for the Fan Blades to clear the Bolt Head. But not to worry, the Fan Blades can be pushed back, because the Fan Belt permits the Fan Pulley to slip. BUT, remember, the initial purpose of this whole exercise was to see if Lorrie's Engine was frozen, and as was noted previously, it is NOT.
So rather than continue with this procedure, it was decided to remove the 3/4" Bolt.
Alas, the Bolt won't come out!
Instead, the Engine begins to turn in the opposite direction and there's no way to stop it from so doing.
At this point, it is decided to just stop, and retreat, leaving the situation the way it is, and seek some quiet time to ponder what to do in order to accomplish this task properly.
And here is what that pondering has produced:
Need to acquire a 1-1/8" Socket.
Need to remove Lorrie's Front Bumper.
Need to remove Lorrie's Grille.
Need to remove Lorrie's Radiator.
This will give unrestricted access the the front of the Engine.
The Bolt can then be removed using the Impact Wrench.
This will also make it easier to turn the Engine over to distribute the oil that was put into the Combustion Chambers and Cylinder Bores.
So this is where the situation sits at the moment.
If anyone has an easier way to remove the Bolt, it would most certainly be appreciated.
If not, then tomorrow morning, before it gets up to 80 degrees as it is right now, the above delineated work will commence.
But at least, we know that Lorrie's mighty 225 Slant-Six is not dead.
I just have to ask the question again as has been asked many times before: "Why can't anything be easy?"
Hope you all are well.